BARROW PAEDOPHILE-WATCH GROUP ORGANISERS QUESTIONED

Published March 28, 2013 by misty534

POLICE have quizzed the organiser of a Facebook group set up to name and shame convicted paedophiles.

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upset Group administrator Keilly Devlin who says the Facebook page is a non-violence group and they have done nothing wrong LINDSEY DICKINGS

And the man targeted by police claims officers demanded access to computers and said the group needed to be shut down.

The visit by police came just hours after the Evening Mail ran the story about the Facebook group Tuesday.

Despite the crackdown organisers remain defiant and are vowing to continue their fight to protect children.

The group was set up just over two weeks ago in Barrow and already has more than 1,700 members.

The group ‘names and shames’ offenders across South Cumbria, telling followers where they live and what they have done.

A leading detective branded the site as “inappropriate”, claiming it could create more danger to the public by forcing offenders underground.

Group organisers hit back saying they were not doing anything illegal but simply running a legitimate group to protect children and keep parents informed.

John Wright, 43, who set up the group, says police turned up at his Salthouse Road home, Barrow, at 3.30pm on Tuesday.

The security guard said: “They came to my house demanding the page was shut down.”

Ian Craig, another administrator of the group, claims that he was also visited by police.

He said: “I’m not a happy person. I was woken by police wanting to check my computer for any activities regarding this page.

“I have shown them everything on here is non-violent to anyone named and shamed.

“It’s a group that likes to protect their kids, they have told me to delete myself from this page, which I won’t do.”

Keilly Devlin, a 37-year-old mum-of-three, from Barrow, is also a site administrator.

She said: “I’m really upset and frustrated that the police have acted in the way they have.

“I say stand up, stand proud – we have done nothing wrong.”

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “Police officers visited a man in Barrow yesterday to provide advice following concerns about an inappropriate Facebook discussion group about alleged offenders.

“The comments on that group are unregulated and the information may be incorrect and extremely harmful.

“The man was provided with advice and urged to take down the site which could compromise the monitoring programme that police and partners operate, 24/7, to manage the risks of offenders living in our communities.

Police also explained that this could have a negative impact on public safety.

“The visit was purely to provide advice. There were no searches and computers were not seized.”

A Facebook spokesman said the social network was “highly self-regulating”, and people can and do report content that they find questionable or offensive.

He added there are clear rules to make sure the content and opinions don’t go completely unchecked, adding: “We take our rules very seriously, and act quickly when they are broken.”

In relation to the Barrow group the spokesman said: “ The group did not violate our policies – there is a clear message on the group that tells members of the purpose of the group, which is non-violent.

“If the police has legal reasons to take the group down, they should contact directly our security team.”

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